SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: HDTV (QAM, mostly just tuning in, maybe a little recording), streaming Hulu and Netflix, multi-tasking with a multitude of internet windows open, word processing, gaming is not important but I do enjoy the occasional RTS
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: pre-ordering Win7, using my TV, no keyboard or mouse
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg
PARTS PREFERENCES: at the moment I'm pretty much sold on an Intel CPU and microATX build, still open to suggestions though
OVERCLOCKING: Yes SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No
MONITOR RESOLUTION: Samsung 19'' HDTV 720p
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Picture a single guy living in a box and trying to mesh his TV and computing resources into one capable unit. Since my tube is just a 19" 720p, I really would prefer the small form factor of a microATX case. Other than that, aesthetics aren't important.
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I'd like to note here that I seriously considered using a SSD to run the OS off of, but research revealed that the Intels are the only wise option. Those Intels are well out of my price range.
I just want to say that this forum is top-shelf, I can't believe there's so many kind souls willing to take the time to assist a bunch of novices in throwing their cheap boxes together. Thanks in advance.
Since you are using onboard gfx you should look at AMD. The AMD graphic are a real step up from intels offerings
A Regor 240 or 250 cpu combined with a 785g motherboard is stronger pretty much every where than the intel . Its also cheaper and has an upgrade path. More so if you buy an am3 motherboard that uses DDR3